Calgary Flames vs. Vegas Golden Knights Free Pick

Two teams facing each other for the third time this season, the Calgary Flames and the Vegas Golden Knights take the ice at T-Mobile Arena in a Pacific Division tilt. The action will get underway at 4 p.m. ET on Sunday, March 18, and you can catch it live on Sportsnet 360.

Calgary Flames vs. Vegas Golden Knights Odds

Vegas (+145) is playing the role of underdog to Vegas (-165), and the oddsmakers have set the Over/Under (O/U) at an even 6 goals. The line for betting the total stands at -120 for the under and +100 for the over.

Vegas is 45-26 straight up (SU) and has netted 16.5 units for moneyline bettors this season. Through 71 regular season outings, 38 of its games have gone over the total, while 31 have gone under and just two have pushed. The team is 24-11 SU at home this season.

The Golden Knights have connected on 22.0 percent of their power play chances this season, a mark that’s good enough for seventh-best in the league. On the other hand, their penalty kill is ranked 14th overall, and they’ve successfully killed off 80.9 percent of all penalties.

As a collective unit, the Golden Knights have been penalized just 3.2 times per game overall this season, 2.8 per game over their past five contests total, and 3.8 per game over their last five home outings. The teams had to stave off opponent power plays for just 7.2 minutes per game over their last 10 matchups, overall.

Sporting a .927 save percentage and 28.2 saves per game, Marc-Andre Fleury (25-14-3) has been the primary option in goal for the Knights this year. If Vegas chooses to give him a rest, however, head coach Gerard Gallant may turn to Malcolm Subban (12-4-4 record, .912 save percentage, 2.59 goals against average).

The Knights will continue looking for offensive production via Jonathan Marchessault and David Perron. Marchessault (65 points) has tallied 22 goals and 43 assists and has recorded multiple points 20 times this year. Perron has 16 goals and 49 assists to his name and has notched a point in 44 contests.

Over on the other bench, Calgary is 35-37 straight up (SU) and has lost 9.6 units for bettors taking the moneyline thus far. A total of 35 of its games have gone over the total, while another 35 have gone under and just two have pushed. The Flames are 20-16 SU as the road team this season.

The Flames have converted on just 17.4 percent of their power play opportunities this season, a mark that places them in the bottom-10 overall among NHL teams. On the other hand, its penalty kill unit is ranked 12th overall and it’s successfully defended 81.6 percent of all penalties.

Calgary’s skaters have been penalized 4.3 times per game in total this season, and 2.6 per game over their last five games. The team has had to stave off opponent power plays just 6.8 minutes per game over their last five outings.

Mike Smith (.919 save percentage and 2.60 goals against average) has been the main option in goal for Calgary. Smith is averaging 28.5 saves per game and owns a 25-25-6 record.

Johnny Gaudreau (23 goals, 58 assists) has been one of the primary offensive playmakers for the visiting Flames.

Calgary Flames vs. Vegas Golden Knights Betting Picks

Free Pick: SU Winner – Golden Knights, O/U – Under

Betting Notes

  • Calgary is 2-5 in games decided by a shootout this season while Vegas is 3-2 in shootouts.
  • The under has hit in three of Vegas last five games.
  • Seven of Calgary’s last ten games have been decided by two goals or more. The team is 2-5 in those games.